Lynchburg, VA - On Saturday May 10, letter carriers across the nation and the Blue Ridge area will be participating in the country's largest, single-day food drive - Stamp Out Hunger. Mail carriers will pick up non-perishable food donations left at the mailbox by residents as they deliver the mail. Stamp Out Hunger is the Blue Ridge Area Food Bank's largest, annual food drive as it brings in nearly 200,000 pounds of food just before the summer, when donations dramatically decrease. The Food Bank experiences its deepest decline in donations during the summer months, known as the "summer slump." Stamp Out Hunger helps stock the shelves before the slump begins. While this food drive is a tremendous help, the food will be gone in a matter of weeks because the need for emergency food assistance very high.The Food Bank is providing emergency food assistance to a record 120,000 people across its 25-county service area each month, in partnership with 234 community agencies. In the Lynchburg area, the Food Bank is providing food to 18,200 people a month.Donations are also particularly vital during the summer when school lunch programs are no longer accessible to children at risk of going hungry. One in six children in the Blue Ridge area struggles with hunger.To view a list of most needed foods, click HERE. No glass containers please.
WSET ABC 13 covers news, sports and weather in the Heart of Virginia: Lynchburg, Danville and Roanoke and nearby communities including Amherst, Lexington, Cave Springs, Blacksburg, Martinsville, Farmville, North Shore, Glasgow, Altavista, Gretna, Chatham, Blairs, Bassett, Rocky Mt, Penhook, Moneta and Buena Vista